RICHMOND, Ind. – A pair of goals midway through the first half sparked visiting Mount St. Joseph to complete a 3-1 win over host Earlham College, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's soccer matchup Saturday afternoon at Matlack-Messer Stadium.
Earlham slipped to 1-7-2 overall with the loss, 0-1-0 in the HCAC, while Mount St. Joseph improved to 3-8-0, 1-0-0 in conference.
Mount St. Joseph made its initial mark on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute when Joshua Bailey scored on an unassisted strike. The Lions doubled their lead in the 26th minute when Justin Ives also found the back of the Quaker goal, beating Earlham keeper Colin Kaurich.
The Quakers pulled to within one in the 55th minute, after Joel Michael Nti-Kyeremeh scored his first goal of the season off a pass from Ryogi Fusegi. However, Mount St. Joseph added an insurance goal in the 61st minute and held off Earlham's counterattacks in the waning minutes.
Each team finished the game with 10 shots, with Kaurich credited with four saves in the Earlham goal. MSJ keeper Nathaniel Chambers charted two saves.
Earlham men's soccer travels to Lexington, Kentucky, for its next contest when it faces Transylvania University on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7:00 p.m.